On January 24 1989, exactly 32 years ago, America’s most notorious serial killerTed Bundy was executed.
The notorious killer murdered more than 30 women and children during his murder spree – and managed to escape police custody twice.
When Bundy was caught for the last time, he was convicted of his crimes in two separate trials – and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
Like many death row inmates, Bundy spent several years in prison before his execution.
After nine years in Florida State prison the vile killer was put to death by the state.
By this point he had exhausted appeals and finally confessed to a staggering 30 murders – though experts believe there could have been more.
On his last night alive Bundy called his mother twice to say goodbye.
Hundreds of people set up camp outside to celebrate the death of the serial killer – drinking beer, and chanting for Bundy to burn.
When it was time for Bundy’s last meal, he refused to pick something and was given the standard – steak, eggs, hash browns and toast. But Bundy didn’t even pick at it, and died hungry.
On his last day the cold-blooded killer made one last phone call to his mother Louise Bundy.
Around 42 people attended Bundy’s execution at Florida State Prison – but his mother was not one of them.
Speaking to journalists outside her home in Tacoma, Washington, she said: “It’s a circus and we didn’t feel the agony we would go through by going down there would compensate for a few minutes talking to Ted through the glass. And he also felt that way too.”
Bundy was strapped to an electric chair sometimes known as "Old Sparky."
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Supt. Tom Barton asked if Bundy had any last words, and according to the LA Times he “hesitated”, and “his voice quavered”.
Chillingly, Bundy eventually said: “I’d like to give my love to my family and friends”.
The publication went on to describe his last moments: “With that, it was time. A last thick strap was pulled across Bundy's mouth and chin.
“The metal skullcap was bolted in place, its heavy black veil falling in front of the condemned man's face. Barton gave the go-ahead.
“An anonymous executioner pushed the button. Two thousand volts surged through the wires. Bundy's body tensed and his hands tightened into a clench. A tiny puff of smoke lifted from his right leg.”
After the machine was turned off, a paramedic opened his shirt to check his heartbeat. One of the most active killers of all time was pronounced dead at 7.16am.
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